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Metal News for July 2, 2014

Last updated on July 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM ET

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Keitzer Posts "This Is The Only Solution" Video

Germany's Keitzer is back with a new fifth studio album titled "The Last Defence," which was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Soundlodge Studio by Jörg Uken. The album is due out July 18th via FDA Rekotz and August 15th through 7Degrees Records.

Check out a music video for "This Is The Only Solution" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

01. Bellum Indicere
02. Exist To Destroy
03. This Is The Only Solution
04. Forever War
05. Marching Forward To Victory
06. The Last Defence
07. Next Offensive
08. We Are The Serpents Of Doom
09. Fleshcrawl
10. Todgeweiht
11. Glorious Dead
12. Ausgelöscht
13. Crusade
14. ... Before Annihilation

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Synapses Posts Album Trailer

Synapses has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Devoutness" album, which can be seen below. "Devoutness" is coming out via Deepsend Records and can also now be pre-ordered here.

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Black Veil Brides Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Black Veil Brides is back in the studio recording a fourth album with producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult). Today behind-the-scenes footage from the recording can be seen below.

Stay tuned for more recording footage on the 1st of every month as BVB IV hits stores on October 28th, 2014.

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Dragonhammer Posts Live Footage

Footage has been posted online of Dragonhammer performing at the Hard Club in Portugal earlier this year. Check out video below of the band performing "Believe," taken off the "Time for Expiation" album.

Dragonhammer's latest full-length album is titled "The X Experiment" and came out in December of 2013.

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Primal Fear Posts Drum Cam Footage

Primal Fear has released drum cam footage from the Graspop Metal Meeting 2014.

Check out video of the song "Delivering The Black" in the player provided below.

You can also see Primal Fear's previously released official video clip for the song "When Death Comes Knocking" over at this location.

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Marty Friedman Posts "Hyper Doom" Teaser

Take a sneak preview of the upcoming music video for "Hyper Doom" below. The track is taken from Marty Friedman's latest release "Inferno," featuring live footage from his Euro tour with Gus G. The "Inferno" track listing is as follows:

1. Inferno
2. Resin
3. Wicked Panacea (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela)
4. Steroidhead (feat. Keshav Dhar)
5. I Can’t Relax (feat. Danko Jones)
6. Meat Hook (feat. Jørgen Munkeby)
7. Hyper Doom
8. Sociopaths (feat. David Davidson)
9. Lycanthrope (feat. Alexi Laiho & Danko Jones)
10. Undertow
11. Horrors (co-written by Jason Becker)
12. Inferno -reprise

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Massive Streaming New Single

The Aussie rockers from Massive have released a new track from their debut album, "Full Throttle," which is due to be released on July 21st in Europe and July 22nd in North America.

The stomping new track, "Hollywood," is available to download immediately as a free-in-advance track for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes, along with the band's first official single, "One By One." Another new track, "Dancefloor," will be available for instant download on July 14th.

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Highlord Parts Ways With Guitarist

Highlord has posted the following message online about splitting with guitarist Stefano Droetto:

"We are delivering this press release to officially announce that we have parted ways with our guitar player and founding member Stefano 'Sted' Droetto.

"Highlord want to point out that this inconvenience will not stop our musical activity. Actually, we are booking auditions to find our new guitar player; furthermore, we have already composed for the most part the music of what will be our next CD after 2013's 'The Warning After.'

"We wish Sted good luck for his future activities, and we thank him for his contribution, that has been essential for the activity of our band so far.

"Once again: Stay High!" More...

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Belphegor Posts Vocal Recording Footage

Diabolical death/black metal troop Belphegor just released a trailer showing impressions of the vocal recordings for upcoming new album "Conjuring The Dead," which will be unleashed on August 5th [North America], August 8th [EU/Brazil/Japan], and August 11th [UK/FR] via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the trailer below, and Belphegor's Helmuth comments: "Conjuring The Dead, our new offering: Belphegor are still true to their legacy: consistent, brutal, and conquering worldwide. Victorious!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum

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Disparager Posts Lyric Video

Brooklyn, NY's post metal band Disparager has unleashed a new lyric video via Blank TV for the track "RIP Bill Hicks," taken off the recently released debut EP "Timeless, Ageless." Vocalist / guitarist Chris Ahkoa comments:

"R.I.P. Bill Hicks is about letting go of something that is wrong for you, even if the act of letting go, the decision to let go, and everything leading up to that decision is hard. Comfort and familiarity are nice, but allowing those feelings to steer your life treads dangerously close to living in fear. Our days are precious and few and we must decide what is worth our time."

In additional news, Disparager will be opening support for hardcore aggressors Sworn Enemy on July 12th in NYC at Blackthorn 51 alongside Thorn Constellatin, Fate Breaks Dawn, Mala Entrana, Apparition, Halo To Havoc and Risers. More...

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Martyrdod Streaming Album's Title Track

Sweden's Martyrdod will release fifth album "Elddop" later this month, and the title track is now playing below, courtesy of Terrorizer Magazine.

"Elddop" is the ninth of the massive fourteen tracks of staggering new material the album bears. Southern Lord will release the CD/LP editions of "Elddop" in North America on July 22nd, with a special European version of the vinyl coming out on La Familia and D-beat Raw Punk. Directly after the album's release, Martyrdod will take on Europe on tour supporting Converge.

8/03/2014 La Maroquinerie - Paris, France
8/04/2014 Club Academy - Manchester, UK
8/05/2014 Classic Grand - Glasgow, UK
8/06/2014 Scala - London, UK
8/07/2014 Underground - Köln, Germany
8/08/2014 Ieper Fest - Ieper, Belgium
8/09/2014 Brutal Assault Festival - Jaromer, Czech Rep
8/10/2014 A38 - Budapest, Hungary
8/11/2014 Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
8/12/2014 MC Pekarna - Maribor, Slovenia
8/13/2014 Magnolia Open Air - Milan, Italy
8/14/2014 Universum - Stuttgart, Germany More...

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Insanity Hazard Recruits New Bassist

Italian heavy metal outfit Insanity Hazard has issued the following statement about recruiting a new bassist:

"There is something you must absolutely know. We have found a new bass player, the young and talented Matteo 'Sghelaz' Marsicano!

"In spite of his young age, his style consists of the perfect mix between the old school roots and the most pissed off heavy metal attitude! Say hello to our new brother!!" More...

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The Silent Rage Splits With Guitarist

Greek power metal band The Silent Rage has issued the following update about parting ways with guitarist Laertis Toskas:

"With great sadness we would like to inform you that Laertis Toskas has left the band due to personal issues. We would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

"So now the band is seeking a replacement on the lead guitars. In case you are interested, drop us some lines at thesilentrageofficial@gmail.com

"That line up change is not going to affect neither the upcoming recordings of our debut album, nor our upcoming show with Grave Digger at Kyttaro Live, on September 19th." More...

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Deserted Fear Enters The Studio

The German metal outfit Deserted Fear has checked in with the following brief announcement about recording a new album:

"It's time to break the silence - we're glad to let you know, that we just hit our very own Eisensound Studio to get the recordings started! More information soon... Yeah!"

You can see photos from the band's time in the recording studio by heading over to the Deserted Fear Facebook profile here. More...

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Yob Posts New Album Teaser

Oregon doomsmiths Yob will release "Clearing The Path To Ascend" on September 1st, 2014 in the U.K. and Europe and in the U.S. on September 2nd, 2014 via Neurot Recordings. The album was recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime collaborator Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.

As a precursor to the release, Yob is offering up a second "Clearing The Path To Ascend" video teaser. Produced by William F. Haldane of Solder House, the near four-minute video details the writing process, concept, and emotional journey that embodies the record as a whole. More...

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Dave Blass Comments On Accept Video Shoot

Accept will release new studio album "Blind Rage" on August 15th and last week the band revealed the video clip for the "Stampede" single, which can be seen below.

Now the video's director Dave Blass, an Emmy nominated production designer and director, reports from the shooting:

“It’s 4 in the morning and I am in a van with one of the hottest metal bands in the world Accept. But right now, they are one of the coldest metal bands in the world because it’s -¬-7 degrees out and we had to rush back into the van to warm up. It was so cold that they couldn’t hold their guitar pics, and the rocky peaks they were climbing over still had a slick layer of ice on them. When we scouted the location 3 weeks ago it was a nice toasty 33 and we were worried that they were going to roast in the sun. We would all love that heat right about now.

"This is the third video that my team and I have done with Accept going back to 'Teutonic Terror'. Wolf Hoffmann and I had met years before their reunion and I had told him that if they ever wanted to do a video that we should get together. With 'Teutonic Terror' we wanted to go with a Classic Metal video. No story, no visual effects, just the band with brand new lead singer Mark Tornillo, some fire and Wolf doing his guitar solo up on a tank. I wanted to keep it about the music, but with some iconic imagery which is why we closed the video on the twin burning flying V guitars that was a call back to the »Restless And Wild« album. Next we tried to shake it up with 'Pandemic', which we shot the morning after the 14 hour 'Teutonic Terror' shoot.

"The band was about to embark on a massive worldwide tour, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to get them for another shoot. We had no concept for the video when we shot it, we just did a clean capture of the individual band members on Green Screen, and knew we could do a wide variety of things. I didn’t want to do the standard deal of putting the band on a virtual set that looks like a cheap video game, so we later came up with the concept to make the video look like you were reading a graphic novel, which wasn’t something that had been done before.

"The overall theme of the Accept videos have always been about the band and the music. No matter how many shows the band does, there are fans all around the world who never get a chance to see them perform, and these videos fill that void. Even so, you still have to mix it up a bit. Even tanks and fire get boring after a bit. So here we are, freezing our asses off in the high desert of California at the Devil’s Punchbowl, a rock formation that looks like it’s from another world. It is actually. It’s right around the corner from where Captain Kirk fought the guy in the green lizard suit in the old Star Trek TV series. More...

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Deconstructing Sequence Posts New Music Video

Today Metalrecusants.com has premiered the video for "A Habitable World is Found" by Deconstructing Sequence.

The video is taken from the band's upcoming second EP "Access Code" and can be viewed below. Deconstructing Sequence had the following to say about the track:

"Our song 'A Habitable World is Found' is a space-opera metaphor for search of a place on this world, a path that leads to completion of one's self. It's also a statement of our musical way, an opening act of chapter two of the odyssey."

The "Access Code" album will be released on CD and digital formats later this Summer. More...

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Upon A Burning Body Claims Vocalist Is Missing

Update: Ash Avildsen from Sumerian Records has now posted this message online via Facebook:

"I woke up to a ton of missed calls and just saw all this stuff about Danny Leal of UABB posing as that he's been abducted or kidnapped. My phone hasn't stopped ringing since. As a child, we all learn the story 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' and it sticks within our consciousness for a reason. I do not condone this type of publicity stunt. This was done behind my back and I am not OK with it. In my eyes, there's never a time to use the possibility of real-life abduction, injury or murder of someone you care about to promote anything, especially an album. If you need to resort to that, then you have lost the plot. We as a society should have evolved past that way of thinking by now and especially within the rock/metal community, given all the tragedy that has happened in our world over the past few years. There are some people who owe us an apology."

Upon A Burning Body's Facebook page was updated with the following brief message earlier today:

"Breaking News: Danny Leal (singer of Upon A Burning Body) has been reported missing. He was last seen in his home town of San Antonio TX on Monday, June 30th."

It seems likely this is all a hoax to announce some upcoming activity, based on the only two posts from Danny Leal's personal Facebook page over the last several days (available below), and we'll check back in with more info as it becomes available. The band is due to kick off the Mayhem festival tour on July 5th.

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Meta-Stasis Posts New Single Teaser

U.K. outfit Meta-stasis today brings you the official promo trailer for new single "Fathomless," which will be featured on the band's upcoming, soon to be released 2nd album. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Bodyfarm Reissuing Album On Vinyl

Dutch death metal band Bodyfarm will re-issue latest album "The Coming Scourge" on vinyl through Cyclone Empire Records this coming September 19th, 2014.

This limited and highly exclusive gatefold release - featuring the album's original artwork designed by Juanjo Castellano - will be pressed on blood red and black 180 gr. 12" vinyl. It will be up for pre-order soon.

Comments Bodyfarm: "What so many of you have been asking for is coming true! Our great wish was to release a vinyl version of our latest album The Coming Scourge and now it’s finally here!”

"The Coming Scourge" was originally released last year through Cyclone Empire and later re-released via Metal Blade Records in the United States. More...

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Subterranean Masquerade Posts Lyric Video

Subterranean Masquerade is gearing up to release new album "The Great Bazaar," which will feature new vocalist Kjetil Nordhus of Green Carnation / Tristania.

Today the band releases a lyric video for a track off "The Great Bazaar." Check out "Tour Diary" in the player below. You can also pre-order the new album at the band's website here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Early morning Mantra
2. Reliving the feeling
3. Tour diary
4. Nigen
5. Waiting
6. Specter
7. Father and Son
8. Home (Bonus Track)
9. Beyond the Pale (Bonus Track)

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This Is Death Valley Splits With Bassist

Canada's This Is Death Valley has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Dalton Long:

"A little update - Dalton will no longer be playing bass for us. It was a mutual agreement and we both felt it just wasn't working out, There are no hard feelings/beef.

"We do wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors. So we will be on the hunt for a new bass player, till we find a new bass player we will have a couple of fill ins, we will not be cancelling shows. Come out!"

Newmarket July 11th
Oshawa July 12
Hamilton July 22

This Is Death Valley consists of:

Tyler Kameda - Vocals
Aaron Swain - Vocals
Joey Kalnay - Guitar
Conor Coupland - Guitar
Ryan Claxton - Drums

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Bjarm Streaming "The Nine Worlds"

Russian symphonic death metal outfit Bjarm has released a track from the band's latest album "Imminence."

Check out the song "The Nine Worlds" in the player provided below. The full "Imminence" track listing is as follows:

1. Approaching of the Close
2. Knowledge of Doom
3. Ominous Dreams
4. The Nine Worlds
5. Fire Lord's Torment
6. Imminence
7. Oracle
8. Secret of the Immortals
9. The Highest Hall
10. Tree on the Bones

"Imminence" was produced by Bjarm, mixed by Pavel Korotaev at Stone Oil Studios, and mastered by Tony Lindgren (Paradise Lost, Kreator) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover art was designed by Al.Ex {MAYHEM PROJECT}. More...

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Archspire Announces North American Tour

Vancouver's Archspire has announced new North American tour dates starting at the end of the month.

The tour - Archspire's first since the release of new album "The Lucid Collective" - will also feature the band's first ever U.S. shows. A confirmed list of tour dates (more tba) is as follows:

7/19 Armstrong, BC as part of Armstrong Metal Fest
7/28 Chicago, IL @ The Cobra Lounge
7/29 London, ON @ tba
7/30 Toronto, ON @ The Comfort Zone
7/31 Montreal, QC @ Alize
8/1 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekuf
8/3 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Oddfellows Hall
8/5 Brandon, MB @ The North Hill Inn
8/6 Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol
8/7 Edmonton, AB @ Filthies
8/8 Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub 
8/9 Kamloops, BC @ Inlander Bar & Grill More...

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Godhunter Posts Tour Diary

Having just completed a co-headlining tour of the lower southwestern realms of America together, Oakland's Secrets Of The Sky and Tucson's Godhunter have released a post-tour account of their journey together, documenting some of the pros, cons, and random insanity two independent acts sometimes encounter on such a venture.

Read the new tour blog over at tour sponsor American Aftermath's website.

On the recent Southwest U.S. trek, the bands were mongering a limited-to-100 copies, tour-only, cassette-edition of a new split release between both acts. On this combined effort, entitled
"Ghosts," both bands supply brand new material, showcasing even further experimentation into each of their respective crafts, with forty minutes of material, including a crushing new opus from each band, as well as a haunting, thematic accompaniment bearing the "Ghosts" theme.

Through a joint effort between Godhunter's Battleground Records and The Compound, "Ghosts" will see a more substantial release on September 9th through a deluxe LP version. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Benighted Announces New Tour Dates

Benighted has announced a string of shows this Summer and Autumn.

Despite having parted ways with guitarist Adrien and bass player Alexis after Hellfest, the French brutal death metallers will be ready to deliver crushing concerts at festivals and venues in seven European countries.

See Benighted live on the European dates below supporting latest album "Carnivore Sublime" (reviewed here).

24 Jul 14 Tolmin (SI) Metal Days Festival
25 Jul 14 Frankfurt (DE) Elfer Club
26 Jul 14 Groesbeek (NL) OJC Maddogs
03 Aug 14 Albi (FR) Xtreme Festival
09 Aug 14 Saint-Maurice de Gourdan (FR) Sylak Open Air
16 Aug 14 Saint-Nolff (FR) Motocultor Festival
30 Aug 14 La Neuville-Champ-D´Oisel (FR) Festival des Arts Bourrins
20 Sep 14 Rexpoëde (FR) Du Metal a la Campagne
04 Oct 14 Loches (FR) Loches en Grind
18 Oct 14 Sélestat (FR) Rock Your Brain Fest
29 Oct 14 Graz (AT) Explosiv
30 Oct 14 Bratislava (SK) FUGA
31 Oct 14 Wörgl (AT) Komma
01 Nov 14 Lausanne (CH) Grand-Vennes More...

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Vampillia Streams "The Volcano Song"

Bizarro outfit Vampillia is currently streaming "The Volcano Song" from the album "Some Nightmares Take You Aurora Rainbow Darkness," which was produced and mixed by Ben Frost and is being released via Candlelight Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. Some Nightmares Take You Aurora Rainbow Darkness 07:09
2. Fedor 05:42
3. The Volcano Song 06:39
4. Silences 03:39
5. Blizzard 01:47
6. Rainbow On You 01:01
7. Dream 04:22
8. Hope 04:28
9. Kizuna 05:52 More...

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Aeon Zen Recruits Session Vocalist For Festival

Aeon Zen has issued the following announcement about bringing on a session member as vocalist Andi Kravljaca will not be appearing at an upcoming festival:

"For our upcoming performance at the UK Tech-Metal Fest, we will be joined onstage by the wonderfully talented Tamás Csemez on vocals, as our singer Andi is unfortunately unable to make it over to sunny England for the festival. So, that being said, we are really excited to deliver what will be a unique and energised set for you all, we might even throw in some new songs as an extra thank you! See you there!"

Andi also comments: "Every once in a while the music business proves it is a cruel mistress - and as dire chance would have it, this is one of those times. Due to reasons completely out of my control, I sadly won't be able to make Aeon Zen's performance at TechFest, which pains me immeasurably.

"Nevertheless, ever vigilant, the band have managed to find a gem of a singer for this one off occasion, a certain Mr. Tamás Czemez, and believe you me when I say that this man sounds - in a word - amazing. I have full faith that he will deliver an awesome performance, and that our fans will rally behind him and show him the same love and faith I've enjoyed for years. Until next time!!" More...

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Vreid Announces New Tour Dates

After wrapping up a North American tour last month, the Norwegian black 'n roll squad Vreid is gearing up for a European invasion this coming October. Currently announced dates for the trek (in support of the "Welcome Farewell" album) are as follows:

10/11: Metal Invasion Straubing Germany
10/12: Mega Klub Katowice Poland
10/13: Viper Room Wien Austria
10/14: Gustaf Maribor Slovenia
10/15: Traffic Club Rome Italy
10/16: Circolo Colony Brescia Italy
10/17: TBA
10/18: Secret Place Montpellier France
10/19: Razzamatazz 3 Barcelona Spain
10/20: Caracol Madrid Spain
10/22: Divan Du Monde Paris France
10/23: The Underworld London UK
10/24: The Devils Corner Leffinge Belgium
10/25: Aurora Infernalis Arnhem Netherlands More...

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Septycal Gorge Streaming "Coil Of Nothingness"

Septycal Gorge has a new track out now titled "Coil Of Nothingness," taken from forthcoming album release "Scourge of the Formless Breed." Give it a listen below, and the band also comments:

"After we don't know how many fucking hours working on it (composing, arranging, recording, remaping, editing, mixing and mastering) we can finally say that our album called 'Scourge of the Formless Breed' IS READY! And we are so proud of our hard work... every songs sound insane in our opinion!!! Who wants to listen something from this sick album?"

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Suicide Silence Releases New Video

The new Suicide Silence album "You Can’t Stop Me" is nearing release on July 11th (Europe), July 14th (UK) and July 15th (North America) through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish), and is the band's first full-length recording since the death of singer Mitch Lucker.

Today the band releases a new music video for "You Can't Stop Me," which is the final song Mitch Lucker had written lyrically. Suicide Silence is very proud to present it in his honor:

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Periphery Posts Studio Footage

Periphery is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the "Clear" album experiment (reviewed here) and has released recording footage available below. The band also comments:

"Just an update from the studio. We are making a concept album called Juggernaut, but it should be called Longcat because it is loooooooooong. Doin Drums."

You can also stream all of the previous "Clear" album by navigating to this location.

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Nexilva Posts New Music Video

Nexilva has teamed up with Metal Injection to release a new music video for the track "Necromancer," which comes by way of the "Eschatologies" album.

Check out the new "Necromancer" video clip below, and you can also stream all of the "Eschatologies" release by heading over here.

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Exorcism Releases New Music Video "Higher"

International doom act Exorcism - featuring Raven Lord vocalist Csaba Zvekan and HolyHell guitarist Joe Stump - released a new music video for the track "Higher." The song appears on the debut album "I Am God," which was issued via Golden Core Records back in April (see review here). The video was directed and produced by Michael Vetter of Menschbilder Photo-Art, this June at Majorca in Spain.

Commented vocalist Csaba Zvekan: “We had a blast doing this great music video. Michael Vetter did a great job and his work is much appreciated. I hope our fans will like this piece of Heavy Rock!”

Check out "Higher" here:

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Darkest Hour Streams New Track "Wasteland"

Washington D.C. band Darkest Hour is streaming the new track "Wasteland." The song is the first single for the upcoming new release "Fuck Waiting Around to Die," which is set for release on August 5th via Sumerian Records.

Check out "Wasteland" here:

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